In the 1000th match of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. At the end of their batting innings, RR finished with the total of 212/7 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks largely to the first-ever hundred in the IPL from Yashasvi Jaiswal.
During the 4th ball of the final over in the Royals innings, Arshad Khan bowled a high full toss to Yashasvi Jaiswal. The batter spooned it up in the air and got caught by the bowler in his follow-through. But since the ball was around the waist height of Jaiswal, the umpires on field wanted to confirm the call with the third umpire to ensure whether he was legitimately out or not. Seeing that, Rohit Sharma, the captain of MI, confronted the umpires and visibly fumed in anger at them for not giving the RR opener out on the field.
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Shortly afterwards, the third umpire did give Yashasvi Jaiswal the marching orders, but until then, he was able to score a magnificent 124 off 62 deliveries with 12 fours and 8 towering maximums all over the Wankhede Stadium. Apart from his innings, the second highest contribution in the Rajasthan Royals total was of 25 extras, including 16 wides and 1 no-ball.
In the mid innings break, the director of cricket and head coach of RR, Kumar Sangakkara handed the orange cap to Yashasvi Jaiswal. He has scored 428 runs in 9 matches this IPL with 3 fifties and 1 hundred at an average of 47.56 and a strike-rate of 159.70.
The 21-year old went on to say this about his first-ever hundred in the IPL, “I think I enjoyed every part of my innings. I was thinking right, planning right and hitting the right shots.”
“When I got to the hundred, it was an amazing feeling and this is what I wanted. It is really special, I need to enjoy it but I need to look forward and keep going. I never thought about slowing down, I know my role in the team, I need to keep going and make sure run-rate is high and contribute as much as I can in whatever way possible to the team,” Jaiswal added.